2018 Posts


Reclaim America
Two Loves Challenged and More
Solar Power A Year Later

Reclaim America                                             January 1, 2018


After a year of disgust, teeth-gnashing and worry, we need to look forward to a revival in America of all that makes western democracies great. Sure, there will still be those who blindly refuse to budge from support of the orange monster, refuse to acknowledge that this administration is systematically destroying our country from within. We need to sweep them aside and trust that a vast majority wants to turn back to the high road.

More than one wise man, from Roman empire days to Roosevelt, have warned that the real threat to democracy comes from within rather than external threats. The Nazi’s took down Germany from within. Britain withstood the external Nazi threat. It must be obvious to any objective thinker that right-wing extremists are tearing down America by:

  • Fomenting racism and bigotry to divide people
  • Fostering violence by weakening instead of strengthening gun controls
  • Eliminating rather than providing health care to millions
  • Impoverishing citizens to increase corporate and rich individual wealth
  • Destroying relations with western democracies in favor of dictatorships
  • Undermining media’s role in providing factual reporting

See how easy it is to fall back into hand-wringing over our dismal situation?

We have an opportunity to right the ship this year, perhaps our last opportunity. As an optimist, I think that will happen. It will be hard to tolerate the continued destruction for another year. There will be so much more to restore. But the present situation shows how far a pendulum can swing. And a physicist would point out that the higher the pendulum swings, the stronger is the force to turn it back. So let’s embrace 2018 as the year we put America back on course.


Two Loves Challenged and More                February 28, 2018

TL Trilogy

Now available, Two Loves Challenged makes the story of Delbert and Sylvia a trilogy. The picture on the cover shows them flying off into the sunset even though it is still early in their lives. While I could probably come up with a fourth story, it will likely not occur because who knows what a four-volume set is called? A quadrilogy? Tetralogy? Spell-checker thinks that’s it.

Whereas the first volume dealt with growing up, military flying and tormented separation and the second with drug smuggling in Pacific Northwest waters, this one leans more towards bush flying, air rescue and psychopathic behavior—complete with life and death challenges. Find out more at www.sandpen.info by clicking on the icon at right.

And more—something new, a serial novel:


You can watch this novel grow week by week. Emma goes on from where Ickee Mushta left off. I’ve chosen this experiment because the volatile political world we live in could easily obsolete a novel of this type by the time it reaches the publisher. The serial approach will allow adaption to changing situations and at least give each new instalment relevance. My intention is to add a few chapters each week so if nothing else, you can see how a novel is created in real time.

The picture above won’t likely be used on a finished book since it may be copyrighted, however, it gives an idea of what I have in mind. To participate, go to www.sandpen.info (icon at right) and select Menu, then Emma.

Solar Power A Year Later                          March 22,2018


That’s right—zero power purchased! Sure, production dwindles on overcast Seattle winter days as the chart on the right shows. But with net metering, production the other nine months more than compensates. We will have finished the winter with over a thousand kilowatt-hours in the bank. And it was interesting to note that production shot up on clear winter days even though the sun was lower in the sky.

Last summer was a hot one with a lot of air conditioning required. If Tesla finds a way to deliver the Model 3 we have on order, it will be interesting to see if production covers charging it as well. If so, credit for the gas saving belongs to the solar system. We also converted from gas water heating to tankless electric which means there’s about a 20% savings in the gas bill. Depending on how one figures it, our top of the line solar system will take about ten years to pay for the investment. The satisfaction of giving more energy than we use makes the payback time irrelevant.

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